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2014 Facilities

Tift County Stadium, affectionately known as The Devil's Den, was dedicated on September 16, 1966 before its first ever Region 1-AAA (highest class) game against its long time foe, the Atlanta Journal's #1 ranked Moultrie Packers.

The Golden Herd came into the game with a perfect record after defeating the former #1 team, the Lanier Poets, the week before.  This was Coach Virgil "Bud" Willis' first full year as the Packers head coach.  He was a former Tifton Blue Devil and Alabama captain and star.

The Blue Devils, coached by future GHSA Director Tommy Guillebeau, upset the Packer that night by the score of 19-14 after a 54 yard TD pass to seal the win.

This upset sprung the Devils to a 7-3 season, a third place finish in the ultra tough Region 1-AAA.  Unfortunately, in those days, only the region champion was allowed to participate in the state playoffs.

The Valdosta Wildcats went on to win the Georgia state AAA crown that year with a 14-3 win over another set of Blue Devils, from Marietta.

Tift County Stadium was rededicated as Gene Brodie Field on September 28, 2001 to honor Brodie, who was the main force for stadium expansion in 1981.  Of his 131 wins while a Tift, 67 were claimed at Tift County Stadium.

Brodie Field seats about 10,000 fans comfortably.  However, as many as 15,000 were said to be on hand for a 1981 playoff game against another long time rival, the Thomasville Bulldogs.

Ironically, Blue Devil teams have played four state championship games, and none have been hosted at Tift County Stadium/Brodie Field.

Pictured Left:  Former Head Coach of the Tift Co. Blue Devils, Gene Brodie, sits in the stands at the Tift County Blue Devil Stadium later named "Brodie Field"

He loved the Blue Devils and loved working at the stadium.

Tift County TCHS Field House Renovation

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